Event Preview: Fan Expo Chicago 2023

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Fan Expo Chicago 2023 will take place August 10th-13th at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont Illinois, just outside of Chicago. The event celebrates all things gaming, cosplay, anime, comic books, and more from pop culture. Let’s see what fans can expect from Fan Expo Chicago 2023! Tickets are still available here.

Fan Expo Chicago 2023 Preview

Video Game Events

Thursday, August 10th 

  • Japanese Arcade
  • Mario Kart Deluxe 8 Tournament – Singles
  • Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament – Doubles
  • Mario Party With Charles Martinet, Samantha Kelly, and Kenny James
  • The Many Voices of Xander Mobus

Friday, August 11th 

  • Japenese Arcade
  • Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament – Singles
  • Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament – Doubles
  • Mortal Kombat 11 Tournament – Singles
  • A Conversation with David Hayter
  • 3DS Meet Up
  • Animal Crossing: Past, Present, and Future

Saturday, August 12th 

  • Japenese Arcade
  • Street Fighter Tournament – Singles
  • Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament – Singles
  • Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament – Doubles
  • Genshin Impact; Teyvat Game Show Royale
  • Ranking Every Mario Game
  • Creating Immersive Worlds From Popular Media

Sunday, August 13th 

  • Japanese Arcade
  • Mario Kart Deluxe 8 Tournament – Singles
  • Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament – Doubles
  • Get Ready For a Fun Time With Kellen Goff

Fan Expo Chicago Cosplay Events

Last Word on Gaming covers a variety of cosplay content. Fan Expo Chicago will also present cosplay events including meet-ups and workshops.

Cosplay Special Guests: 

  • Papa Bear Cosplay
  • Cee Kaye
  • RyRo Studios
  • Lorebuilds
  • CaffeineCraft
  • Sharp Shot EFX

Cosplay Events and Workshops 

Thursday, August 10th 

  • Exploring Unique Mediums in Cosplay
  • Cosplay Red Carpet
  • Starting Cosplay: How to Beat the Fear and Start Your Journey
  • Cosplay Life Hacks
  • Cosplay Photography on a Budget

Friday, August 11th 

  • Crying but Capable: A Guide to Being a Plus-Size Cosplayer
  • Cosplay 101: How to Get Started
  • Practical Cloning: Intro Into Mold Making and Resin
  • Cosplayer’s Guide to TikTok
  • History of Armor
  • Cosplaying Outside the Convention
  • So You Want to be a Cosplayer?
  • Cosplay on a Budget
  • Jedi, Stormtroopers, and Senators, Oh My!
  • Prosthetics and SFX Makeups for Beginners

Saturday, August 12th 

  • Basics of 3D Printing and Finishing
  • WhatChu Love, Chicago Cosplayers
  • Navigating the World of Cosplay Wigs
  • Intro to Finishing, Distressing, and Aging
  • Cosplanning: Idea to Execution
  • Building Positivity in Cosplay
  • Cosplay Red Carpet
  • How to Become a Content Creator
  • Meet the Windy City Ghostbuster
  • How Japenese Fashion Led to Cosplay
  • The Fan Expo Chicago 2023 Cosplay Craftsman Cup

Sunday, August 13th 

  • Intro to Electronics and Lighting in Cosplay
  • Fan Expo Kid’s Cosplay Contest
  • Weathering and Battle-Damaging Cosplay
  • Cosplay Red Carpet
  • Cosplay From Your Closet
  • Sewing 101
  • How to Become a Hero or Villian: Cosplay Photography in 5 Steps
  • Foamsmithing 101

Cosplay Meet-Ups:

Friday, August 11th 

  • Avatar the Last Airbender / The Legend of Korra
  • My Hero Academia
  • What We Do in the Shadows
  • Genshin Impact
  • DC Universe
  • Star Wars

Saturday, August 12th 

  • Chainsaw Man
  • One-Piece
  • Marvel
  • Star Trek
  • Critical Role
  • Arcane/League of Legends

Sunday, August 13th 

  • Demon Slayer
  • Back to the Future
  • Nintendo
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show

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Dominic is an editor for Wrestling and a writer for Gaming. Dominic truly believes very few things connect people the way pro wrestling does. He loves going to shows (indie or not), and working with Warrior Wrestling. He has been a gamer since age 5, and is a big fan of RPGs and anything open-world. He owns many consoles and is planning a gaming PC very soon. He is also getting into the cosplay world as well. Dominic is a huge fan of heavy metal music (listening, going to shows, playing guitar, shopping for vinyl, CDs. etc), working with the student organization DECA, Star Wars, and comic books.
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